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3 corrections, most recently by JaneM1951 - Show corrections


(Inquirers must forward with their questions their names and addresses.)

J.H. (Clayfield).—It would be better to

make the inquiry personally.

F.M. (South Brisbane).—The word

"fetish" ought to be pronounced with a long "e," as if written "fee-tish."

"READER" (Windsor).—"Pieces of

Eight" were Spanish dollars, each equal to eight reals, a coin that frequently varied in value.

"SELF-HELP."—All letters dealing

with the Federal campaign or any of its issues must bear the name and address of the writer.

"INTERESTED" (Toowong) .—It would

be best for you to call and see Mr. J. W. Robinson, Station 4QG, at the corner of George and Elizabeth streets, city.

"DRAINAGE" (Kangaroo Point).—You

have no redress in law, but a con- sultation with the City Engineer's Department might have beneficial re-


"WAGER" (Bowen Hills).—In the early

days of the talkies it was quite common for actors and actresses to have doubles to sing and talk for them, but this practice has now been suppressed by the Actors' Equity of America and similar organisations in Britain.  

"ENQUIRER" (Auchenflower).—The

increased unemployment tax oper- ated from July 1 last, and you are expected to affix in your book the necessary additional stamps from that date.

"KAI VITI" (Toogoolawah).—The tax-

ation authorities say that it is not possible for them to answer your question unless they know what the actual source of the income is and the domicile of the absentee.

"MASHIE" (Red Hill).—The fees for

a round on the municipal golf links are 1/6 for visitors and 1/ for mem- bers. On Saturdays and Sundays members have every alternate hit- ting-off time. Times for the com- mencement of competitions also may be set aside for them. At other times visitors and members have equal rights.

"SUBDIVISION" (Coolum).—You

must vote. You can obtain an absent vote at the booth in the other subdvision. (2) You cannot get a postal vote unless you are more than five miles by the nearest practicable route from a polling booth. State your position to the Divisional Re- turning Officer for your division, and he may be able to help you.

E.M.L. (Jandowae).—The distance

across the road at the eastern angle of the sketch submitted by you is 105.6 links; that at the western angle is 111.74 links. To obtain this result you should take the secant half-angle of deflection multi- plied by the width of the road (100


"IGNORANT" (Wynnum).—If you

have definitely ascertained that the Railways Department deducted the relief tax before paying the amount to your wife, then no further deduc- tion should be made when she pays that money over to the persons who

relieved her.

"VISITOR" (Coolangatta).—Booning-

ba was the native name for Point Danger, and meant "the place of the porcupine" ("booning," a porcu- pine, and "ba" a place). Mudgeer- aba was a native name, meaning "low-lying ground." Nerang was the native name of the shovel-nosed shark. Coolangatta bears the name of a ship that was wrecked there on August 18, 1846. Currumbin was a native name for the place of tall


E.A.P. (Brisbane) .—A carillon (pro-

nounced car-il-yon) is a set of bells tuned to the notes of the chromatic scale, upon which music in two or more parts may be played. The smallest number of bells to which the term "carillon" ought to be ap- plied is 25; any less number would be called more correctly a "chime." (2) We believe the number of bells in the carillon at Sydney University

is 49.

"X.Y." (Toowong) .—To bowdlerise a

book means to exclude from an edi- tion passages which do not meet with the approval of the editor. The word comes from Thomas Bowdler, who, in 1818, issued an expurgated edition of Shakespeare. To granger- ise a book means to add to it a mass of extraneous matter, clippings, anecdotes, or anything else that can be got together. The word comes from the Rev. J. Granger, who, in 1824, "grangerised" a history of Eng- land.

"ONEIDA" (Hawthorne) .—The man

would be entitled to work for a day and a half, representing 17/6 in pay. If he was unable to work owing to ill-health he would be entitled to rations valued at 14/6 a week. In respect of both work and rations, the value allowed increases with the number of children in the family. Additional information could be ob- tained from the officer in charge of the local police station.

"KILLALOE" (Maryborough).—You

are probably referring to the Shan- non River power scheme, which was authorised by the Free State Par- liament about six years ago. The plans provide for three different stages of development. The first stage has been finished; the second will not be started until the whole of the power now available is likely to be needed. Briefly, the scheme provides that the 100ft. fall in the Shannon River between Killaloe and Limerick shall be used to generate electric power. For that purpose a power station has been built at Ardnacrusha, a few miles from Limerick, and other works include weirs, locks, syphons, railways, and a canal. All towns and villages with- in an area of 26,000 square miles now draw their power and lighting sup- plies from Ardnaclusha. The cost of the completed part of the scheme was £5,000,000.